Gristle & Bone: Stories

Short and novella length dark fiction from the twisted imagination of Duncan Ralston BABY TEETH After doctors tell her she can t be pregnant, Candace learns that not every child is a gift BEWARE OF DOG Disgraced soldier Dean Vogel returns to his hometown and confronts the bullies, and a horrifying event, from his past VIRAL A reporter uncovers what really happened to thShort and novella length dark fiction from the twisted imagination of Duncan Ralston BABY TEETH After doctors tell her she can t be pregnant, Candace learns that not every child is a gift BEWARE OF DOG Disgraced soldier Dean Vogel returns to his hometown and confronts the bullies, and a horrifying event, from his past VIRAL A reporter uncovers what really happened to the latest internet sensation, a troubled girl who disappeared on camera ARTIFACT 37 Gonzo pornographers learn a brutal lesson following a tragedy they inadvertently caused when life imitated art END USER Anti social conspiracy theorist Mason Adler s life is turned upside down when he begins receiving eerily personal and prophetic spam that could be heralding the Apocalypse FAT OF THE LAND A couple discovers the secret of a tourist town s prosperity may lie in its sinfully delicious cuisine SCAVENGERS When successful restaurant owners Jim and Leanne Taymor confess to a grisly series of small town murders, their neighbor learns the gruesome truth that led them to kill In Knee High, Nebraska, someone or something has been stalking household pets in the dead of night but would they rather be hunting us
Gristle Bone Stories Short and novella length dark fiction from the twisted imagination of Duncan Ralston BABY TEETH After doctors tell her she can t be pregnant Candace learns that not every child is a gift BEWARE OF DO

  • Title: Gristle & Bone: Stories
  • Author: Duncan Ralston
  • ISBN: 1499776764
  • Page: 471
  • Format: Paperback
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    About the Author

    Duncan Ralston

    Duncan Ralston was born in Toronto and spent his teens in small town Ontario As a grownup, Duncan lives with his girlfriend and their dog in Toronto, where he writes dark fiction about the things that frighten, sicken, and delight him In addition to his twisted short stories found in GRISTLE BONE and VIDEO NASTIES, the anthologies THE DEVIL S GUESTS, EASTER EGGS BUNNY BOILERS, WHAT GOES AROUND, DEATH BY CHOCOLATE, and the charity anthologies VS US vs UK HORROR, DARK DESIGNS, and THE BLACK ROOM MANUSCRIPTS Vol 1, he is the author of the novels SALVAGE, WILDFIRE, WHERE THE MONSTERS LIVE, WOOM Matt Shaw Publications , and THE METHOD Kindle Press.

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    • Duncan Ralston said:
      Jul 16, 2018 - 12:17 PM

      Oh good, a review from the author! I bet it will be refreshingly honestThis book took me about a year to write. Most of the time I loved it, hated it the rest. There were times I wanted to bash my head into a wall and forget I ever thought about writing a short story collection. What started as "I'm just going to write a few short stories to take a break from my novel," grew into a nasty, raving, 100,000-word beast.Many of these stories got away from me, and I believe (I hope) that made them bet [...]

    • Nev Murray said:
      Jul 16, 2018 - 12:17 PM

      A copy of Gristle and Bone was sent to Confessions of a Reviewer by the author Duncan Ralston in exchange for an honest review. This is said review. This book is published by Shadow Work Publishing / CreateSpace.I have never read anything by Duncan Ralston before. I always find that short story collections are a great way to introduce yourself to someone new. They give you a bit of variety of the writing style of the author. You can see very quickly where they intend to take their writing, and u [...]

    • The Grim Reader (Beavisthebookhead.com) said:
      Jul 16, 2018 - 12:17 PM

      Look out Ralston's about!Duncan Ralston has a voice that is very much his own. If it's blood n guts that floats your horror boat then you came to the right place. If it's slow, character driven horror that rubs your rhubarb, then there is plenty here for you guys too. I like a bit of both, so this collection was extremely satisfying for this reader. Personal highlight for me was the excellent End User. A story about a man who starts receiving strangely prophetic messages. You don't know how thes [...]

    • Erin said:
      Jul 16, 2018 - 12:17 PM

      ARC for review.This collection grew on me as it went along, so if you don't love the first few stories, stick with itere's some great stuff to be had here. The standouts for me: "Scavangers" - a neighbor/friend recounts the rather quick descent of his workaday friends into murderers. "Fat of the Land" - what appears to be a standard horror story becomes something

    • Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews said:
      Jul 16, 2018 - 12:17 PM

      Duncan Ralston has put together a collection of his short stories that are shocking, disturbing and disgusting. Truly enjoyable. There are seven unique stories found in this book, each one will push your mind further into the depths of his deranged mind.What I enjoyed most about Gristle & Bone was that each stood on its own merits. In my mind the short story is an art, the author has a length constraint, they must pull you into their world, while at the same time leaving you satisfied that t [...]

    • christina cooper said:
      Jul 16, 2018 - 12:17 PM

      Wide range of horror in this great collection BABY TEETH-absolutely creepy goodness BEWARE OF DOG-tragic story with crazy cool twists VIRAL-excellent story, stuck in my head for days! ARTIFACT (# 37)-unique plot, great characters, excellent twists // END USER-interesting, entertaining & weird!FAT OF THE LAND-great example of wonderful storytelling SCAVENGERS-how well do you know your neighbors? Highly recommended to all fans of modern horror!

    • John said:
      Jul 16, 2018 - 12:17 PM

      ***Disclaimer: I received a free copy in exchange for a review.***Gristle & Bone is a collection of horror/supernatural short stories by Duncan Ralston. I haven’t read as much in the genre as I’d like so I was eager to dive into this one. And I was glad I did; this one kept me reading for quite a while. While some of the plots aren’t new, the twists they take are what keep you going.Baby Teeth: Candace and Joel are having trouble conceiving a child, which affects their marriage. One da [...]

    • Tig Carson said:
      Jul 16, 2018 - 12:17 PM

      Let me start off by stating the fact that I don't read much horror. It was the cover that attracted me at first. Then, I liked the idea that it was a bunch of short stories. So I bought it. I wasn't let down. From the first story, I was hooked or bitten whichever you choose. And each following story got better. If you get squeamish easily, then I wouldn't suggest it. But if you love a good scare, and well written horror, then you can't go wrong with this book.

    • Shadow Girl said:
      Jul 16, 2018 - 12:17 PM

      I cannot praise this book highly enough. Each short story pulled me into Duncan Ralston's world a little bit further, and his world is a scary place to be. Not in the gross out and gory way that I'm usually going on about, but on a psychological level that is terrifying. Check out my full review on BBB

    • John Ratcliff said:
      Jul 16, 2018 - 12:17 PM

      If you’re an avid reader of horror who regularly ingests and searches for the next big thing, there is no doubt that you should add Ralston's short story collection, "Gristle & Bone," to the top of your TBR list. The short stories presented here are by far some of the best I've read all year. Thank you again, Dawn Cano for the superb recommendation. I'm a 'D-Man' fanboy for life.

    • Tamara said:
      Jul 16, 2018 - 12:17 PM

      Ralston presents readers with a mega lineup of bloody goodness that will still have them begging for more. Rarely do readers find a horror collection where every story is a 5-star! This collection of gruesomeness is definitely 5 stars all the way!

    • Michael Twist said:
      Jul 16, 2018 - 12:17 PM

      Nothing amateurish about Ralston. His stories and style flow as well as anyone in the genre. Guy's the real deal.

    • Mandy said:
      Jul 16, 2018 - 12:17 PM

      Duncan Ralston is Start Raving Rad!!Hot Damn, I just continue to be impressed by this author, reigning from up above. In Canada. After reading his jaw dropping, extremely intricate, highly engaging and darkly humorous novella Woom ( back to back, it warrants it, demands it ) which also happens to be one of my top reads for 2016, I debated on what of his to read next and decided on this, because it's 7 short stories. Over 360 (or approx 275 depending on if you're going by or ) pages total! Oh so [...]

    • Yvonne Davies said:
      Jul 16, 2018 - 12:17 PM

      For this anthology, the author has taken a regular human need or action and turned them into seven dark stories, each one completely different from the one before.Baby Teeth: Candace and Joel really want a baby, but after Candance was told she couldn’t have children, they slowly drifted apart. However, when Candance started hearing noises in the house, she did not expect the outcome. Reading this story, you definitely know that this is horror as the way the author described what happened to Ca [...]

    • J.R. Park said:
      Jul 16, 2018 - 12:17 PM

      Gristle and Bone is a well written collection of stories, bugling with original ideas. Lurking within the pages you’ll find familiar horror ghouls such as cannibals, ghosts and shape shifters, alongside some not so familiar; each with a modern twist to their story. A caustic wit runs through the narrative with its voice anchored squarely in the here and now. Phrases are delivered with abrasion, conjuring up the idea in my mind that Ralston’s prose is somewhat akin to King doing Palahniuk.Lik [...]

    • Stephanie said:
      Jul 16, 2018 - 12:17 PM

      With seven short horror stories, Gristle and Bone offers a little something for everyone; creatures, shifters, disappearances, ghosts, the Apocalypse, cannibals and frugaltarians round out this collections. For every story in here, I really enjoyed Duncan’s build of suspense, pacing and characters. I was very impressed with all of the different types of horror included from subtle to downright terrifying and gory. I also loved some of the twists that I never saw coming. My absolute favorite st [...]

    • Thomas Flowers said:
      Jul 16, 2018 - 12:17 PM

      Monster exist, I'm afraid. And you'll find them here in Duncan Ralston's terrifying collection of strange and unusual stories. Gristle & Bone draws upon the same fear that pulls our eyes to the nearly shut closet, the same fear that brings our attention the cawing raven perched on a fence post. The same fear that transforms into a persistent thought that something indeed in hiding under the bed. Yes, Gristle & Bone will lead you into a world of unrestrained imagination. Of sight and soun [...]

    • Patrick R. McDonough said:
      Jul 16, 2018 - 12:17 PM

      To stumble across a new author is always something fun. But to stumble across a new author and fall in love with their work is quite simply an adventure! That being said, I randomly came across Duncan Ralston and saw the cover for this book - leading me to want to read it. With a price that wasn't overly priced, it was a no brainer, not an impulsive buy, but a SMART buy. I was very satisfied with the book, from the first short story Baby Teeth, all the way to a small section (1 page after the la [...]

    • Dane Cobain said:
      Jul 16, 2018 - 12:17 PM

      Disclaimer: Duncan Ralston is published by the Forsaken imprint of Booktrope, the same publisher which released my debut novella, No Rest for the Wicked.I’m going to say something that shouldn’t be taken lightly – I was impressed by this book. It has all of the hallmarks of a classic collection of horror stories, but with a delightfully modern twist – technology is at its most sinister here, and not only did it give me the heebie jeebies, but also it inspired a short story idea that I’ [...]

    • Dane Cobain said:
      Jul 16, 2018 - 12:17 PM

      Disclaimer: Duncan Ralston is published by the Forsaken imprint of Booktrope, the same publisher which released my debut novella, No Rest for the Wicked.I’m going to say something that shouldn’t be taken lightly – I was impressed by this book. It has all of the hallmarks of a classic collection of horror stories, but with a delightfully modern twist – technology is at its most sinister here, and not only did it give me the heebie jeebies, but also it inspired a short story idea that I’ [...]

    • Rebecca said:
      Jul 16, 2018 - 12:17 PM

      Delightfully frightening stories to get your adrenaline pumping! Duncan Ralston has written a blood tingling collection of horror stories. Gristle & Bone consists of seven frightening tales: Baby Teeth, Fat Of The Land, Beware Of Dog, //End User, Viral, Artifact (#37), and Scavengers. It's sure to please most readers of this genre as the stories range from blood and gore to mind-blowing suspense that leave some of the details to the imagination. All of them will have you sitting on the edge [...]

    • Scarlett R Algee said:
      Jul 16, 2018 - 12:17 PM

      An excellent"body" of work.Normally I get ebooks because they're promoted on Facebook or Twitter (especially if they're free). "Gristle & Bone" popped up in my recommendations and I thought, "That looks good."I was NOT disappointed.This was my first encounter with Duncan Ralston's work, but I very much doubt it will be my last. I won't spoil the stories for you, but the topics run the gamut from cannibalism to lycanthropy to neighbors who aren't what they seem. The characters are solid and [...]

    • Robin Houghton said:
      Jul 16, 2018 - 12:17 PM

      A remarkable book. First he shocks you, then surprises, then disturbs you. Every story hits you differently. Each has a different psychological affect. As each unfolds smoothly, thoughts of a pleasant story to come suddenly change to shock/horror as the stories twist and turn. I enjoyed each and every one of the stories, my absolute favourite was BEWARE OF DOG as it had all the ingredients you could wish for in a story, the way the protagonist's mind worked was particularly realistic and had me [...]

    • Chris Roberts said:
      Jul 16, 2018 - 12:17 PM

      I don't vibe with the author and his collection of abnormalities His prose comes across as sophomoric gibberishAs a narrator he has a tin ear and near zero writing chops Hint: in order to write, you need be absent stifling anxiety And this volume reeks of fear in the worst possible way and wayWrap me up, I am all watery coffinStand away and a ways from me, I want to burn and burnA Chris Roberts Review

    • Sheri said:
      Jul 16, 2018 - 12:17 PM

      This was a book of shorts that I was gifted by the author. As a horror newbie I was glad to see it wasn't all blood and guts, but more thinking horror. IS that a thing? Either way I really loved this book. There was one story I wasn't a fan of, but the enjoyment I got from the rest totally makes up for that one. Also, I love that Mr. Ralston peppered the stories with pop culture references. Because anytime I come across elevensies in a book; I am a happy reader.

    • Duncan Bradshaw said:
      Jul 16, 2018 - 12:17 PM

      Ralston brings a real diverse mix of stories and all deliver in one way or another. From the short Baby Teeth, which has a superb ending through to the longer tales of Scavengers, all entertain. The latter in particular showcases Ralston's ability of being the narrator who becomes your buddy telling you a story over a beer, thoroughly entertaining throughout

    • Ronald Keeler said:
      Jul 16, 2018 - 12:17 PM

      Gristle & Bone: A Collection of Dark Fiction including Werewolves, Conspiracy Theories, Monsters, Cannibals and Vengeful Ghosts is the title of this collection by Duncan Ralston as it appears on its page. This title attracts more attention than the cover title Gristle and Bones but no matter which one you pick the idea is that you will be reading some unusual stuff. All seven stories are a bit twisted and out there. If you are a fan of this genre, welcome. If you are easily offended by dark [...]

    • Darren Dilnott said:
      Jul 16, 2018 - 12:17 PM

      Following on from the awesome Sweat & Blood, is Gristle & Bone. Seven awesome tales of terror. Each so different, yet so damn good, i absolutely would struggle to pick a favourite. Duncan Ralston is a gifted writer with the knack of creating some truly twisted tales.

    • Matthew said:
      Jul 16, 2018 - 12:17 PM

      I'm no reviewer. I really enjoyed this book of novella sized short stories. I love the fact that they are written with an obvious affection for the written word and don't splash gore for the sake of it. I'm going to get more by this fella

    • Heather said:
      Jul 16, 2018 - 12:17 PM

      I really enjoyed this book. I find that often books of this genre quickly become boring, but this compilation of short stories really held my attention. The author came up with some fairly wild topics that were entertaining and creepy. I will most definitely look for more novels from this author.

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